Anxiety Treatment in the Age of COVID-19

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If you have been feeling emotionally stressed, overloaded, or chronically tense this past year, know that you are not alone.

Anxiety is no stranger to us.  Those racing thoughts and on-edge feelings may be painfully familiar. Even before the pandemic, the prevalence of anxiety has always been significant.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), an average of 31.1% of adults experience anxiety in their lifetime.

Things have only gotten worse in the last year.  COVID-19 has severely affected our mental health, raising the risk of anxiety due to the uncertainty, isolation, and stressors that it brought along.  For some of us, this virus felt like a tornado wreaking havoc at home, work, and even our sex lives, making it challenging to stand our ground.

In fact, a poll issued by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) revealed that approximately 4 in 10 adults had reported symptoms of anxiety or depression as of January 2021.  This number marks an increase from 1 in 10 adults reporting these signs between January and June of 2019.

Whether the pandemic brought unfamiliar anxiety symptoms or worsened our already fragile mental well-being, we are all in this together.  

Common Symptoms of Anxiety

Anxiety is an innate human response to a threat, fear, or stress.  We may feel anxious before a difficult conversation or a test, which might help us remain sharp enough to succeed.

But, when anxiety becomes long-lasting and unmanageable, it can cause distress and disrupt our lives. 

Common signs of severe and unhealthy anxiety include:

  • Constant worry or nerves
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of concentration
  • Irritability or moodiness
  • Panic attacks
  • Doom-and-gloom mindset
  • Sweating or trembling
  • Trouble sleeping

Do I Need Anxiety Treatment?

You can apply some strategies to deal with pandemic stressors on your own (e.g., regulating social media content, self-care).  

However, if you are suffering from one or more of the above signs of unbearable and long-term anxiety, it’s time to seek professional help.

Psychotherapy is an effective form of treatment for unhealthy anxiety.

How Can Therapy Help With Pandemic Anxiety?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been traumatic for so many of us.  Traumatic events like this world crisis tend to ramp up societal stress and anxiety, thus increasing people’s need to find quick ways to numb the suffering.  For example, this may include escalating drinking habits to cope, as indicated by Laura Kwako, Ph.D., a health scientist administrator at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Over time, instead of escaping it, unhealthy strategies like prolonged alcohol consumption can actually cause more anxiety and turn it into a pretty damaging cycle.

Therapy for anxiety can help you step away from this spiral.  A licensed professional therapist will help you understand your symptoms, change unhelpful patterns that may be contributing to them, and find healthier ways to navigate anxiety.  

With the proper support, letting go of constant worry and stress is possible.

Here at Let’s Talk Psychological Wellness, we provide therapy for anxiety to adults in New York City and beyond, which is particularly valuable during this period of adversity.  We offer teletherapy so you can access treatment from the comfort and safety of your home. 

If you or your loved ones are struggling with anxiety, we are here for you.

Contact us today for more information.

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Anha Jhuremalani, BSc.

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Are you experiencing relationship problems or struggling to connect with your most authentic self? Do you feel stuck in a loop of negative self-talk, worries, and low motivation?

Are transitions or stressors affecting your ability to enjoy your life?

These issues may translate into diminished self-worth and a lack of confidence. You might have difficulty communicating or fall into toxic patterns that keep you away from your goals.

But you are not on your own.

Therapy can help you discover the root of your concerns, process past experiences, and shift harmful behaviors for a happier future. You’ll increase your awareness, adopt effective coping strategies, and learn how to regulate your emotions to navigate the ups and downs of your journey.

Growing up as a first-generation Indian in Australia allowed me to understand the concept of intersectionality and its impact on our well-being. I became a therapist because I wanted to destigmatize mental health in South Asian communities and use my career to speak up about “taboo” subjects like grief, sex, relationships, and many more.

Unique approach
Being born in India, raised in Australia, and educated in the United Kingdom, I have seen how culture and social differences influence behavior. My multicultural identities and experiences have taught me how to engage with people from different walks of life and create a unique connection with each client.

I’ll tailor my work to your background, needs, and values, striving to create a warm and trusted environment. I’ll support you in overcoming adversity while challenging you to think critically and mindfully.

Specialties
I serve young adults (ages 18-30) of all religions, ethnicities, and cultures, and enjoy working with children of immigrants.

I provide in-person and/or online therapy.

 My treatment specialties include:
Acculturation and multicultural identity
Anxiety
Depression
Family and relationship problems
Life transitions
Stress
Trauma

Modalities
Psychodynamic therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
Person-centered therapy
Mindfulness

Experience and Education
Ed.M., Mental Health Counseling, Columbia University (current)
M.A., Psychological Counseling, Columbia University (current)
Advanced Certificate in Sexuality, Women, and Gender, Columbia University (current)
BSc., Psychology, Durham University, United Kingdom
Supervisor: Mary Olivia Verhulst, LMHC

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Mabel Silva, MHC-LP, Mental Health Counselor

Mabel Silva, MHC-LP

Mental Health Counselor

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You may feel depleted by the pressures of growing responsibilities and everyday life.

You might be grappling with prioritizing yourself—your dreams, beliefs, and wellness—amid conflicting stressors and demands.

You give, give, give, and often receive little in return. And at times, you might feel a little selfish for wanting to fill your cup before someone else’s.

Yet, you do come first.

Therapy allows you to shed your armors and reconnect with your needs, wants, and power to show up for yourself. I’ll help you find your voice, challenge your inner critic, and develop your self-worth. We’ll dismantle the relationship between your worth and achievements, set realistic boundaries, and improve your communication skills so you can become who you want to be.

I became a therapist fueled by my curiosity to understand how people conceptualize their livelihoods and worldview.

 Unique approach
As a Biracial, cis-gendered, Caribbean, and first-generation American woman, I’m particularly attuned to how cultural beliefs, traditions, and roles can influence our lives. I also acknowledge the stressors caused by systemic structures, social norms, and expectations. I work through a multicultural and feminist lens, offering a restorative place where marginalized communities can cultivate safety and joy.

I aim to deconstruct the notion that, as a professional, “I know best.” Instead, I approach each client as an enthusiastic learner. I’ll empower you to lead the way and celebrate your uniqueness, hoping to foster a healing experience you can recreate outside the therapy room.

Specialties
I work with individuals from various linguistic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, from Southeastern Asia to the Caribbean and the Americas. I’m passionate about serving young, professional BIPOC women, first-generation Americans, and immigrants.

I provide online therapy in English and Spanish.

My treatment specialties include:
Anxiety
Depression
Trauma and PTSD 
Women’s issues
Self-esteem/self-worth
Inner child healing
Identity formation

 Modalities
Psychodynamic therapy
Multicultural therapy
Trauma-informed therapy

Experience and Education
M.A., Psychological Counseling, Teachers College, Columbia University
E.d.M., Bilingual Mental Health Counseling, Teachers College, Columbia University
Clinical Internship, Wellness Counselor, Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation
NY Permit P117026; Supervisor Eden Bellow, LCSW NY License 093373

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Sabine Paul, LCSW

Sabine Paul, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (NY LCSW) | Psychotherapist

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The work of getting to know ourselves more deeply is courageous, and I truly believe that we don’t have to do it alone.

My mission is to help women of color and queer folks peel back the layers of life that are weighing on them, live more balanced lives, and as a result, have more fulfilling relationships with others and themselves.

I became a therapist to help people feel seen, heard, and connected. I want you to know that it’s okay to experience and express your emotions and that you are not “too much.” We are all humans simply doing our best.

Our first step in this journey together will be starting to explore what is weighing on you. Sometimes we have an idea of what that may be and other times we may not, both are normal places to be. I love supporting individuals in gaining clarity into how their past is impacting their present. As well as helping them to have more relief from their thoughts, feel more present, and be empowered to take helpful steps in the present.

By the end of our work, you’ll have a deepened understanding of how your past is impacting your present. Learned how to identify how you’re feeling in the present. Be equipped with tangible tools to manage how you’re feeling. Identify boundaries that may be helpful to set with others and yourself. And overall feel more empowered and balanced.

Unique approach

My approach is authentic, warm, interactive, and compassionate. I see therapy as a relationship where we work together to help you reach your goals.

I will meet you where you are to cultivate a safe healing space. This allows you to be your whole self and open up as we gently peel back some of the layers that may be weighing on you.

Specialties

I work with adults from multiple backgrounds, identities, and cultures. I am passionate about holding space for women of color, queer folks and first generation americans.

I provide in-person and/or online therapy in English.

My treatment specialties include:

  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Racial Stress
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • LGBTQIA+ issues

 

Modalities

  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR)
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
    Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Exposure and Response Prevention therapy (ERP)
  • Experience and education
  • Master of Social Work, Fordham University, New York
  • Trained in Prolonged Exposure (PE)
  • Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Trained in Exposure and Response Prevention therapy (ERP)
  • Trained Cognitive Reprocessing Therapy (CPT)
  • Certification, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • NY License 094932

 

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Yeni Ravelo

Yenisel ‘Luca’ Ravelo, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker

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Are you experiencing social anxiety or relationship issues? Do you struggle with communication and boundary-setting? Are wounds, stressors, or negative narratives interfering with your identity and daily functioning?

You want to be the best, most genuine version of yourself. You are searching for clarity of your wants and needs to prioritize them over what others expect of you. And you long for a deeper bond with your loved ones where they accept you for who you are.

Therapy can help you safely explore your problems, thoughts, feelings, and identity. It’s a form of liberation that encourages you to overcome obstacles, build resilience, and harness your power to heal. You’ll feel seen, heard, and never judged as we unveil the core of your issues and develop strategies to navigate them.

I entered the mental health space to foster change. I’m curious, hopeful, and interested in reminding us of our humanity and helping others become their most authentic selves.

Unique approach
My approach is collaborative and exploratory. I enter every session aiming to facilitate a brave and confidential environment to humanize your experience and support your holistic needs.

I value self-determination and believe we both come in with a high level of expertise. The client-therapist relationship is a partnership between equals, with no pedestals, where we can foster trust and accountability to help you mend and thrive.

Specialties
I work with adults of various races, cultures, and identities. I’m particularly interested in serving members of the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities and first-generation Americans.

I provide individualcouples, and group therapy in-person and/or online.

My treatment specialties include:
Anxiety
Challenges affecting the LGBTQ+ community
Depression
Gender and sexuality
Grief and loss
Life transitions
Marital and premarital issues
Mediation
Relationship problems (romantic, platonic, family)

Modalities
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
Emotion-focused therapy (EFT)
Mindfulness

Experience and Education
MSW, Master of Social Work, University of Southern California (USC)
EAP Counselor/Case Manager, Corporate Counseling Associates (CCA)
Clinical Court Liaison/Forensic Social Worker, Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services
Case Manager/Counselor, Coalition for Engaged Education
Social Work Intern, Anti-Recidivism Coalition
School Social Work Intern, KIPP LA Schools
NY License 111085; Supervisor: Debleena Das, Psy.D. NY License 024422

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Kimberly Mintzer

Kimberly Mintzer, LMHC

Licensed Mental Counselor \ Screening Coordinator

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Are you experiencing emotional unrest? Have you been dealing with negative self-talk or low self-worth? Is intense and persistent fear keeping you from a blissful life?

Traumatic memories may still be alive in you. You might struggle with ripples of despair and hopelessness without a clear reason. And despite your best efforts, you can’t seem to find the ease or motivation to carry on.

I’m here to help you recognize and process these challenging thoughts, emotions, and unresolved events to embrace your journey with acceptance and compassion. We’ll work on relieving your symptoms, addressing your unique problems, and turning hardship into opportunities to grow.

I chose a career in therapy to lessen the stigma associated with it within the African- American and people-of-color communities.

Unique approach
I strive to maintain an individualized and culturally sensitive approach tailored to your needs. We’ll collaborate to gain a deep understanding of your past and present experiences and what you hope to achieve in the future, so you can take the necessary steps to get there.

I’ll meet you where you are in your path, willing to walk alongside you instead of judging you or telling you what to do. I’ll accept you and help you accept yourself as you travel through your chapters.

Specialties

  • I work with adults from diverse backgrounds, races, and ethnicities. I especially enjoy serving African-American women of color, first-generation Americans, and marginalized groups.
  • I provide in-person and/or online therapy.

My treatment specialties include:

Modalities

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Exposure therapy
    Mindfulness

Experience and Education

  • M.A. in Mental Health Counseling, The City College of NY
  • Mental Health Counseling Intern, Let’s Talk Psychological Wellness, P.C., NY
  • Volunteer, Domestic violence shelter, Grace Smith House, Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Evergreen certification 2023
  • Certification in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Evergreen certification 2023
  • NY State License 013569

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Ivy Fisher, MHC

Ivy Fisher, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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Do you ruminate about or pre-plan situations to the tiniest detail? Are you struggling with perfectionism, letting go of control, or a piercing need for reassurance? Have you been harboring open wounds, feeling hopeless, and longing for relief?

Stressors, past experiences, and relationship problems can leave you scarred and disconnected, preventing you from being present and overcoming obstacles in your life.

What if you could learn to self-regulate, tame the distressing waves, and mend your relationships? What if you could give yourself the reassurance you seek in others to feel better in your skin? That’s what I’m here for.

We’ll collaborate to help you become aware of your thoughts and emotions, work through them, and develop a stronger connection with yourself and others. You’ll gain insight into underlying concerns, challenge negative beliefs, and make meaningful changes to heal and grow.

I became a therapist because I’ve always enjoyed creating space for others during their most difficult times. Many pull away or get uncomfortable by people’s emotional states, but I’ve always leaned in.

Unique approach

I follow an integrative, trauma-focused, and mind-body approach. My goal is to understand your unique perspective, history, and relational patterns to meet you where you are and tailor a plan according to your needs.

I strive to bring compassion and empathy to our sessions, fostering a safe and non-judgmental environment where you feel heard. I also lead with authenticity to promote a non-stuffy, sometimes even humorous, and light atmosphere. And when it comes to mindfulness or meditation, I can turn even the wariest individuals into believers and am up for the challenge!

Specialties

I have experience treating individuals from diverse backgrounds who are facing troubling emotions and unresolved pain. I particularly enjoy working with those struggling with anxiety, relationship issues, and children of emotionally immature parents who are now struggling as adults.

I provide online therapy.

My treatment specialties include:

  • Anxiety
  • Damaging habits – (misuse of substance abuse)
  • Depression 
  • Family conflict
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship problems
  • Trauma
  • Work issues

Modalities

  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness-based and holistic practices

Experience and Education

  • M.A., Mental Health Counseling, Baruch College, City University of New York
  • B.A., Psychology, Northeastern University
  • Clinical Psychotherapy Intern, Expansive Therapy
  • Clinical Psychotherapy Intern, The Addiction Institute of Mount Sinai West
  • NY License 013283

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Zainah Ben Essa

Zainah Ben Essa, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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I hold the belief that everyone can benefit from therapy. Therapy is not just for those who are severely “mentally ill” or struggling. The therapy room can be a safe space for you to explore and get to know the more vulnerable, intimate, and darker parts of yourself.

Growing up in the Arab world and being aware of the scarcity of adequate mental health professionals, in addition to the heavy stigma placed on mental health, led me to my path to becoming a therapist. As a teenager struggling with my mental health and multiple identities, I found no one to turn to. Thus, I made it my mission to become a resource for those who are struggling to feel understood.

 Today, I work with adult women of color in unpacking and processing traumas, whilst they navigate the many facets of their complex identity. Oftentimes, I find that my clients struggle with people-pleasing and perfectionism, which makes it very difficult to set boundaries and know their worth. You may find it hard to take up space and advocate for yourself in different settings due to conflicting narratives and unresolved traumas.

 Therapy can be a space where you finally take ownership of your narrative, reframe your story, and find new ways to move past your stuck points. I’m here to guide you on this journey of self-discovery so you can feel more confident, meet your own needs, and find security in your relationships. Therapy is a space where we can uncover the truths behind why we think, behave, and feel the way we do. I’ll support you by gently nudging and challenging you to align yourself with your values.

 Unique approach
I operate from a multicultural and feminist lens, affirming the cultural nuances in your narratives and highlighting how oppressive systems of sexism and patriarchy manifest in your relationship with yourself and others. I also recognize the intersections of multiple identities within your therapeutic journey. I am psychodynamically inclined, which means I help make the unconscious more conscious, as we connect how events of the past are influencing the present.

Specialties
I work with adult women (mostly in their 20s and early 30s), more specifically women of color (e.g., Arab, South Asian, East Asian, Black, and Latinx). I grew up Muslim, so I have a deep understanding of the experience of religious minorities and marginalized communities.

I provide individual and group therapy in English and Arabic, in-person and/or online.

My treatment specialties include:
Anxiety
Identity (cultural, religious, sexual, gender)
Intimate partner violence
Relationship issues (e.g., attachment styles, communication, boundaries)
Family of origin struggles
Life Transitions
Trauma 

Modalities
Psychodynamic therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

Experience and education
M.Ed., Mental Health Counseling, Teachers College, Columbia University
M.A., Psychological Counseling, Teachers College, Columbia University
Advanced Certification in Sexuality, Women, and Gender, Teachers College, Columbia University
Practicum Training: STEPS to End Family Violence
NY License 013198; FL Telehealth Registration TPMC3079

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Tamar Tenenbaum, LMSW

Tamar Tenenbaum, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker

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Traumatic experiences and life stressors may fill you with worry, unrest, and despair. You may struggle to get out of a fight, flight, or freeze response, or feel utterly detached from yourself and check out. You might overreact to certain situations, lose all hope, or relinquish control to your inner critic. Emotions and thoughts can quickly overwhelm you, yet you are unsure how to handle this daunting chaos.

Therapy guides you to pause, reflect, and be present to reconnect with yourself—mind, body, and spirit. You’ll learn to self-regulate, relieve your symptoms, and increase your confidence and self-worth to make empowering decisions. We’ll work together to heal your past so you can ground yourself in the present and reach future goals.

Since childhood, I’ve had a deep curiosity and compassion for others. After overcoming many obstacles, I’m now on a mission to pay it forward. I value the human experience I’m privileged to witness in my clients and strive to continue to help them become their best selves.

Unique approach
So much of your difficult experiences reside in your body. You cannot think your way through an emotional event—you have to feel it. I’m committed to helping you become aware of, attune with, and address your whole self—thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and sensations.

I use a holistic and integrative approach, combining practical tools and a timely sense of humor with your strengths and ability to grow. You’ll enter a non-judgmental and collaborative space to look inward, work through your problems, and implement meaningful changes in your life.

Specialties
I serve millennial women who want to release deep-rooted limiting beliefs to access an authentic sense of self and navigate their challenges. I’m especially interested in working with trauma (single events, complex trauma, attachment trauma, and sexual assault).
I provide online therapy.

My treatment specialties include:
Anxiety
Depression
Trauma and PTSD
Infertility and maternal mental health
Life transitions
Relationship problems
Stress management

Modalities
Psychodynamic therapy
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
Internal family systems (IFS)
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
Solution-focused therapy (SFT)

Experience and Education
Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW), Columbia University, NY
Fertility Advisor, Extend Fertility
Intern, Bowery Residents Committee
Intern, Brooklyn Defenders Services, Family Defense Practice (BFDP)
Certification, Foundations in Family Therapy & Live Clinical Supervision, Ackerman Institute for the Family
Basic Training, EMDR Therapy
NY License 101598; Supervisor: Jessica Glazer, LCSW-R NY License 082571

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Cassandra Dieudonne, LMSW License Master's Social Work

Cassandra Dieudonne, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker

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Are you struggling with negative thoughts, distressing emotions, or painful experiences? Do you struggle to set boundaries with family and friends? Or are you looking for guidance to navigate your multicultural identity?

Anxiety, depression, and trauma can impair your ability to live an authentic and abundant life. Traversing the expectations and nuances of different cultures may be confusing and exhausting. And the need to do it all or please everyone might feed your inner critical voice and debilitate your self-worth.

If any of this sounds familiar, you are not alone.

Therapy is a major step in exploring and expressing difficult thoughts and emotions. It offers support, direction, and tools to manage your unique challenges and forge a path forward. Through this process, you’ll gain confidence and compassion, learn how to set assertive boundaries with people around you, and discover your genuine self so you can share it with the world.

Seeing my clients work hard on improving their mental health and witnessing their growth is such a fulfilling experience. You are brave for being here, willing to embark on this healing journey, and I’m honored to be part of it.

Unique approach
My integrative approach centers on drawing from different modalities and techniques to best serve you. I strive to create a supportive environment and provide valuable insight to help you find the clarity you seek and achieve your goals.

Specialties
I work with adults (ages 18-33). My doors are open to individuals from multiple races, ethnicities, and backgrounds. I have experience with various specialties and populations, but I am particularly eager to support people of color who struggle with boundary-setting and self-worth issues.

I provide in-person and/or online therapy.

My treatment specialties include:

Modalities

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)
  • Strength-based therapy
  • Trauma-focused therapy

Experience and Education

  • Master of Social Work (MSW), Silberman School of Social Work, CUNY, Hunter College
  • Social Worker, Kings County District Attorney’s Office
  • Social Work Intern, Kings County District Attorney’s Office
  • Social Work Intern, Good Shepherd Services
  • NY License 110426; Supervisor Jessica Glazer, LCSW-R NY License 082571

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Camille Armando, LMHC

Camille Armando, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Supervisor

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Do you wrestle with stress, worries, or overwhelming emotions? Are you afraid of being yourself because you might be judged or misunderstood? Or are you seeking guidance to change your life?

We all have our unique narratives, fears, and challenges. And we all deserve a chance to understand them, get to know ourselves, heal and move forward.

Therapy can help you gain personal insight to embrace your true self and achieve authentic happiness. You’ll broaden your perspective to recognize the thoughts and emotions driving your behaviors, view your difficulties with compassion, and foster shifts to improve your well-being.

I became a psychotherapist to learn more about myself and help people like you do the same. I want to dismantle the stigma around mental health as I support others on their journey of unfolding, realignment, and transformation.

Besides being a counselor, I’m also a dedicated Jiu-jitsu practitioner. Maintaining inside space is paramount while “grappling” in this martial art. Once this space is compromised, everything we do is dictated by an external force, rendering all decisions reactive rather than intentional. Psychotherapy is similar to grappling as we are defining, understanding, and managing our inside space.

Unique approach
My approach is eclectic, client-centered, and focused on holistic practices and mind-body wellness. I acknowledge the impact of your life experiences and aim to awaken your genuine self with all its beauty and complexity.

The client-therapist relationship is my priority. We’ll collaborate to increase your awareness, quiet the constant stream of consciousness, and help you find inner peace.

Specialties
I serve young adults (ages 18-24) and adults (ages 24+). I support them in navigating stress, existential crises, emotion regulation, adjustments to change, non-mainstream and alternative lifestyles, self-worth, societal pressures and other challenges while cultivating self-care and the mind-body connection.
I provide 
online therapy.

My treatment specialties include:
Anxiety
Depression
Family conflict
Grief and loss
Identity development
Life transitions
Relationship problems
Trauma
Women’s issues

Modalities
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
Holistic therapy
Mindfulness
Psychodynamic therapy
Relational therapy

Experience and Education
M.A., Mental Health Counseling, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
National Institute for the Psychotherapies, Psychodynamic Approaches
NY License 006921; Florida Telehealth Registration TPMC2795

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Janna Taradash, MA, LMHC Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Janna Taradash, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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We all go through challenges or painful experiences that seem impossible to conquer.

 You might have endured a loss or critical life event that left lingering traces on your path. You may end or enter a new relationship or chapter that overwhelms you.

You know something is off but are unclear about what needs to change or what to do next. And without noticing it, you may have adopted unwanted behaviors and narratives that push you away from your goals.

If you are looking for perspective, support, and skills to feel better, I can help. Our work will focus on gaining insight into your struggles and finding sustainable relief. You will learn how to express and regulate difficult thoughts and emotions, recognize your strengths and how your past might affect your present, and develop new ways of relating to yourself and others.

I studied psychology because I was interested in understanding myself and the world around me. Human behavior, development, and relationships truly intrigued me. I then became a therapist to put this knowledge into practice, be of service to others, and ensure people were not suffering alone.

Unique approach
My therapeutic style is warm, direct, exploratory, and often humorous. I adjust treatment to your individual needs, seeking to understand challenges in the context of your lived experiences and helping you shift the patterns holding you back.

I’m dedicated to fostering an interactive space where you feel safe to take emotional risks and appreciate your unique story.

Specialties
I work with adults ages 20-65 from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, including BIPOC, East Asian, South Asian, LGBTQIA+, and immigrant communities, as well as parents and healthcare professionals.

I provide online therapy.

My treatment specialties include:
Anxiety
Depression
Family conflict
Grief and loss
Life transitions
Relationship and intimacy problems
Trauma and PTSD

Modalities
Interpersonal psychoanalysis
Psychodynamic therapy
Relational therapy
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

Experience and Education
M.A., Mental Health Counseling, City University Of New York, Brooklyn College
William Alanson White Institute, Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program
NY License 006760-1; FL Telehealth Registration TPMC2920

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Sanjana Kumar, Psy.D., Psychologist

Sanjana Kumar, Psy.D.

Psychologist

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Feeling disconnected or at odds with yourself can be debilitating. You may wrestle with self-doubt, hopelessness, or anger. You might engage in disruptive relational patterns or face challenges in your relationships. Or you may endure overwhelming thoughts and emotions you don’t know how to handle.

If you struggle to comprehend, develop, or ground who you are, I can help you. Therapy is a collaborative space to get to know your authentic self, answer your questions, and alleviate your symptoms. We’ll review how your experiences may have impacted your current emotions or habits, explore your identity, and build your confidence and self-worth to make meaningful changes.

I entered the mental health field to help people understand and strengthen their relationship with themselves. My journey as an Indian raised in the Middle East and an international student in the U.S.” led to a particular interest in identity development within a non-native culture. I value the opportunity to examine this in my work with immigrants, children of immigrants, and multicultural individuals.

Unique approach

I follow a person-centered approach. Everyone is capable of growth and transformation, and the bond between therapist and client is vital to make that happen.

I also practice with a multicultural lens and psychodynamic foundation. I’ll help you navigate the intersection of your identities and gain insight into your relationship with yourself, your culture, your environment, and the people in your life.

Specialties

  • I work with young adults and adults from diverse ethnic, racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds.
  • I provide online therapy in English and Hindi.

My treatment specialties include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Identity development
  • Immigration, cultural identity, and acculturation
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship problems
  • Trauma

Modalities

  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Value-based approaches

Experience and Education

  • Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, The George Washington University, DC
  • Master of Psychology (MPsy), The George Washington University, DC
  • Doctoral Intern, American University Counseling Center, DC
  • Practicum Training: American University Counseling Center Externship, DC
  • Practicum Training: The George Washington University Center Clinic, DC
  • Practicum Training: Asylum Patients, Population, and Policy Clinic Program, DC
  • NY License P118314, Supervisor: Nathilee Caldeira, Ph.D. NY License 016933

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Devorah Yarmush, Psy.D., Psychologist

Devorah Yarmush, Psy.D.

Psychologist

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Are you experiencing a significant life shift? Have you been struggling to understand, share, or resolve inner conflict? Or are your relationships going through a turbulent time?

You may be considering a career change, becoming a parent, or navigating a breakup. Or perhaps you suffered a loss or emotional wound you’d like to mend.

Therapy facilitates self-awareness to rediscover your purpose and move toward your goals. I’m here to support you to recognize patterns, break unhelpful habits, and open new pathways to improve your well-being.

I became a psychologist because I enjoy helping others identify their strengths and create meaning in their lives. I’m thankful for the opportunity to empower people like you to take a step back, reflect, and map out your future.

Unique approach

I follow a relational approach and view our interpersonal experience in session as a key to understanding your world. I believe all emotions are data, and all behavior is the communication of such data.
I encourage open conversations, allowing you to guide the therapeutic process because it belongs to you. Our collaboration and partnership will also e essential to achieving results.

Specialties

  • I provide individual, couples and group therapy, in online
  • I work with adults of all ages, particularly those with a history of trauma or enduring a major life change. I’m keenly interested in couples from traditional and religious groups since I’m familiar with these communities—especially the Orthodox Jewish population.
  • I also run support, skills, and process groups to help clients navigate their struggles along with like-minded individuals.

My treatment specialties include:

Modalities

  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

Experience and Education

  • Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Yeshiva University, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, NY
  • Doctoral Intern, Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital
  • Practicum Training: New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Acute Inpatient Personality Disorders Unit; St. Barnabas Hospital; Fordham University Counseling Center
  • Practicum Training: Max and Celia Parnes Psychology Clinic
  • Adjunct Professor, Research Methods in Psychology, College of Mount Saint Vincent
  • Adjunct Professor, Introduction to Psychology, Marymount Manhattan College
  • NY License P117285; Supervisor: Nathilee Caldeira, Ph.D. NY License 016933

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Brian Levkovich, Psy.D.

Brian Levkovich, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

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Do you feel stuck, overwhelmed, or unhappy? Are you wrestling with stress, shame, or relationship conflict? Or are you constantly looking to balance your and others’ expectations?

You may try to please everyone and set impossible standards for yourself, which affects your energy and self-worth. So you engage in behaviors that provide short-term comfort but not the peace of mind you crave.

While starting therapy is not always easy, it’s a courageous step to find the lasting relief you seek. I offer a safe and non-critical environment to help you reach your goals—whether that’s managing worry and stress, setting boundaries, treating yourself with compassion, exploring your identity, maintaining healthy relationships, and more.

I became a therapist to hold space for people like you, someone with a unique story who’s going through a difficult time or wants to work through specific challenges. Everyone deserves the opportunity to feel heard, gain insight, and learn tools to improve their lives.

Unique approach
My approach is validating and sensitive, yet assertive. I infuse my sense of humor as warranted, understanding there’s room for smiles and laughter in a serious therapy experience. I’ll support you, invite you to notice, and encourage you to take pride in your efforts and successes.

I bring my genuine self into our sessions and strive to make you feel comfortable so you can speak your mind. Although I’m here to guide you, your insights and feedback are essential for a collaborative therapeutic relationship.

Specialties
I work with adults of all ages and demographics, and I especially appreciate serving the college-aged population. Given my faith, I also have a nuanced understanding of the Orthodox Jewish community—but I won’t integrate faith into our sessions unless requested.

I provide individual therapy in online

My treatment specialties include:
Anxiety
Depression
Grief and loss
Identity Issues
Life transitions
Relationship problems
Stress management
Work and life integration

Modalities
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
Solution-focused therapy (SFT)
Exposure therapy
Mindfulness

Experience and Education
Psy.D. in School-Community Psychology, Hofstra University, NY
School Psychologist, Lawrence School District, NY
Doctoral Intern, Hofstra University Counseling Center, NY
School Psychology Practicum, Wantagh School District, NY
Evaluation Practicum, Psychological Evaluation Research and Counseling Clinic, NY
Clinical Traineeship, Child & Family Trauma Institute, NY
NY License 025603

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Victoria Davis, Ph.D., Psychologist

Victoria Davis, Ph.D.

Psychologist

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Are you searching for your authentic self or longing for a purpose? You may look for answers in the wrong places or get used to dimming your light to please others—which leaves you feeling afraid, confused, and burdened. You might struggle to understand or express your emotions and crave a safe space to let go of stressors, demands, and expectations.
If all this sounds familiar, you are not alone. I know what it feels like to walk around thinking, “you are not enough,” putting on a mask, and pushing through the pain.

But you are worthy of peace.

Therapy can help you gain confidence, autonomy, and practical skills to find freedom from internal and external pressures and love yourself again. I’m here to guide you to explore, heal, and discover your true self and purpose, so you can take off that mask and enjoy your life.

I pursued a career in mental health because I’m passionate about helping others become aware of and reach their full potential. I also appreciate the bi-directional learning process that comes with being a therapist.

Unique approach
My treatment approach is catered to your specific needs and concerns. I aim to provide an affirming, inspiring, and open environment to get you closer to your goals.

I also understand the importance of culture and identity in your journey and strive to make you feel safe, seen, and heard for who you are. Ultimately, I want to support you to break free from the social pressures and stigma holding you back so you can create the life you desire.

Specialties
I work with adults and older adults from all backgrounds, races, religions, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

I provide online therapy.

My treatment specialties include:
Anxiety
Depression
Romantic/interpersonal Skills
Career transitions/exploration
Life transitions
Racial and cultural identity
Stress
Trauma

Modalities
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
Person-centered therapy
Solution-focused therapy (SFT)
Strength-based therapy
Mindfulness

Experience and Education
Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology, Virginia State University, Virginia
Master of Clinical Psychology (M.S), Virginia State University, Virginia
Doctoral Intern, Copa Health, Arizona
Practicum Training: Family Focus, Virginia
Practicum Training: Dominion Behavioral Healthcare, Virginia
Practicum Training: Greenberg and Associates, Virginia
Practicum Training: Piedmont Geriatric Hospital, Virginia
NY License P119227; Supervisor: Nathilee Caldeira, Ph.D. NY License 016933

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Amy Acaba, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Amy DeBlase, LMHC, LPC, PMH-C

Clinical Director and Supervisor

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Are you experiencing work stress, confidence issues, or relationship anxiety? Are worries and intrusive thoughts making you restless during the day or keeping you up at night? Or are you wrestling with prenatal, postpartum, or other maternal mental health challenges?

You may be trying to balance your roles as a woman, mom, partner, and professional. The requests and expectations of others may weigh heavily on you, taking a toll on your ability to meet your needs and take care of yourself and your loved ones. 

I understand life may demand so much of you. But I also know you have the power to reclaim your light, and I’m here to help you do just that. 

My goal is to support you in advocating and setting boundaries for yourself, your relationships, and your workplace. You will gain a better understanding of your struggles, reduce stress and anxiety, increase confidence, and form stronger bonds. I’m here to listen, validate your journey, and offer concrete tools and resources.

Unique approach

I follow an integrative approach, relying on authenticity, compassion, and curiosity to create a space where I can guide and challenge you. Sessions can get spicy! I love to use humor, playfulness, and sarcasm (when appropriate).

Specialties

  • I work with adults of different ethnicities, mainly millennial women and mothers, who are open and motivated to do this healing work.
  • I provide online therapy, and I’m particularly excited about helping clients with self-empowerment, boundary-setting, relationships, and self-care.

My treatment specialties include:

  • Anxiety
  • Codependency
  • Life transitions
  • Maternal mental health
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Relationship problems
  • Women’s issues

Modalities

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Exposure and response prevention (ERP)

Experience and Education

  • M.A., Mental Health Counseling, Brooklyn College
  • Prevention & Intervention Specialist, Department of Education
  • Case Manager, Realization Center, NY
  • Certification in Perinatal Mental Health, Postpartum Support International 2021
  • NY License 006920; NJ License 37PC00913500; FL Registered Telehealth Provider TPMC2713

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Aditi Verma, LMHC

Aditi Verma, LMHC, LPC

Director of Clinical Training, Supervisor

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Are you struggling to be your authentic self while trying to meet the expectations of others? Have you suffered emotional wounds that are keeping you from appreciating and living your life?

You may spend so much time taking care of others that you often put yourself in the backseat. You may feel the pressure to overcompensate, sacrifice yourself, or bend over backwards for others while foregoing your own interests and wants. You may have heard of boundaries, but asserting those can be incredibly challenging. So conflict, distress, guilt, and critical narratives may overwhelm you.

I became a therapist to help people like you examine their patterns and create positive, sustainable, and meaningful change. I offer a space free from judgment and greet you with compassion, humor, and a bit of sarcastic wit. You will learn to recognize and meet your needs, heal your wounds, and adopt healthier boundaries and coping strategies that feel true to you.

Unique approach

I grew up in the Middle East, Central America, Canada, and the U.S. and have deep South Asian influences, being Indian myself, so I understand the cultural and systemic nuances you may endure. My approach centers on empowering you to celebrate your identity and finding alignment with your authentic self.

Specialties

I work with adults (primarily women of color) of different ethnicities (South Asian, Middle Eastern, Black, Latinx) and religions (Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Catholic). I provide online therapy in English, and I’m conversational in Hindi and Spanish. I’m particularly passionate about supporting immigrants or children of immigrants to reconcile their wants and needs from the demands from others.

My treatment specialties include:

  • Anxiety
  • Attachment and codependence
  • Challenges affecting the LGBTQ+ community
  • Depression
  • Multicultural problems and acculturation
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Trauma
  • Women’s issues (fertility, perinatal, and postpartum mental health)

Modalities

  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Attachment-based therapy

Experience and Education

  • M.Ed., Psychological Counseling, MHC Track, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.A., Psychological Counseling, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Intake Supervisor, Realization Center
  • Practicum Training: The Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai West
  • Practicum Training: Dean Hope Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • NY License 006719; NJ License 37PC00783800; FL Registered Telehealth Provider TPMC2790

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Oneira Torres-Saillant, Ph.D

Oneira Torres-Saillant, Ph.D.

Psychologist

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Are you struggling to embrace your cultural identity? Do you find it difficult to be kind and gracious to yourself? Are past events or interpersonal issues keeping you from reaching your goals?

These challenges might bring self-critical thoughts and distressing emotions, impacting your ability to function and succeed. And although it might seem scary or unnecessary, seeking help to understand your inner world is the first step toward healing.

Together, we can examine your thoughts, feelings, and experiences to identify behavior and relationship patterns. We’ll connect the dots, shift problematic practices, and find better ways to manage your symptoms. You’ll gain valuable insight, reclaim ownership of your journey, and form healthier relationships.

 I was quite curious about the human mind when I was young. This led me to study psychology, where I was impressed by the power of psychotherapy. I decided to become a therapist so I could help others harness this power and improve their lives.

Unique approach
I’m keenly aware of the importance of culturally sensitive treatment and committed to providing it. I strive to foster a compassionate and non-judgmental healing environment where we can safely explore your identity, culture, and values.

Above all, I’m dedicated to helping you expand your understanding of yourself, your strengths, and your potential to facilitate positive change.

Specialties
I serve adults, 25-55 years old, including men, women, and non-binary individuals. I work with clients from different races and cultures, including Black (African American, African, and Afro Latino), Asian, and South East Asian.

I offer individual and couples therapy in English and Spanish, online

My treatment specialties include:
Anxiety
Challenges concerning immigrants and first-generation Americans
Cultural identity and acculturation issues
Depression
Family and interpersonal problems

Modalities
Psychodynamic therapy
Psychoanalysis
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

Experience and Education
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University
Doctoral Intern, Lenox Hill Hospital, Northwell Health
Practicum Training, The New School Counseling Center
Practicum Training, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center
Practicum Training, Mount Sinai Beth/Israel Medical Center, Adult/Geriatric
NY Permit P102702; Supervisor: Nathilee Caldeira, Ph.D. NY License 016933

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Allison R. Ross, Ph.D., LCSW-R

Allison R. Ross, Ph.D., LCSW-R

Licensed Clinical Social Worker | Supervisor

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Trauma, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues can hinder your path. You might feel stuck or powerless, as if you have no control. You may struggle with intrusive thoughts or painful emotions, blaming yourself or others. And you might lose hope of things getting any better.

But things can get better. And I’m here to support you during that transformation.

I’ll help you identify and shift troubling thoughts, emotions, and behaviors to address your symptoms. We’ll work on increasing awareness and leveraging your strengths to develop coping strategies, overcome challenges, and build resilience. You’ll gain clarity, tools, and peace of mind to improve your relationships and live a happier life.

 I became a therapist to provide a welcoming space for people to share their struggles and evolve into their best selves. I’m honored to walk alongside you in this journey of discovery, healing, and growth.

Unique approach
As a therapist of color, I recognize how crucial it is to view your values, beliefs, and experiences through a cultural, social justice, and spiritual lens. Being widely traveled allows me to understand diverse cultures and traditions. Yet, I continue to learn from my clients every day.
My approach is collaborative, integrative, and adapted to your unique goals and needs. I’m here to serve you with authenticity, empathy, and without judgment.

Specialties
I work with adults from multiple backgrounds who are facing challenging emotions and unresolved pain. I’m also passionate about creating a safe therapeutic and trauma-informed space for people of color and underserved communities.

I offer individual therapy in English, online

My treatment specialties include:
Trauma and PTSD (domestic violence, childhood abuse, and racial or religious trauma)
Anxiety
Depression
Spirituality
Racial stress
Challenges related to gender identity

Modalities
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) for PTSD
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
Interpersonal and mindfulness-based practices

Experience and Education
Ph.D. in Social Work, Fordham University
Master of Science in Social Work, Columbia University, New York
Certified therapist – Trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy (TF-CBT)
Certified therapist – Cognitive processing therapy for PTSD (CPT)
Certified therapist – Child-parent psychotherapy (CPP)
NY License #R082909-1; FL Registered Telehealth Provider TPSW2377

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Let's Talk Team

Meet Our Therapists

Mary ‘Olivia’ Verhulst, LMHC, PMH-C

Mary ‘Olivia’ Verhulst, LMHC, PMH-C

Perinatal Mental Health Certified and Clinical Supervisor

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Worries and intrusive thoughts may be hard to turn off. Hopelessness, shame, and low self-worth might be dimming your light in your personal life or at work. Relationship issues, traumatic experiences, or communication struggles may be keeping you from thriving.

But there is a way. There always is. And I can help you find it.

I’ll guide you to explore your life experiences and develop solutions for your unique challenges. You’ll gain insight and tools to greet yourself with compassion, challenge limiting patterns, manage your symptoms, and improve your relationship with yourself and others.

From a very young age, I’ve had an innate ability to tune into people’s feelings. I was quite a highly sensitive kid with a curious spirit, which translated into wanting others to feel seen and understood. Becoming a therapist has been my plan since grade school, and I’m glad I was able to foster my skillset and continue on that path to work with individuals like you. I’m a huge self-care advocate, so my me-time is precious! I hope to help you reclaim yours as well.

Unique approach
My approach is trauma-informed and culturally sensitive, with an emphasis on examining your past and how it might have informed your current behaviors and beliefs. I aim to provide individualized treatment tailored to your values and needs.

I want to make this a genuine and safe experience for you to share, notice, and grow. My collaborative, warm, and vibrant nature allows me to show up authentically, without judgment, to help you navigate your concerns.

Specialties
I work with adult of various ages, cultures, and backgrounds. I offer online individual and group strategy.

My treatment specialties include:
Anxiety
Depression
Trauma and PTSD
Women’s issues (maternal health and postpartum)
Relationship problems
Communication patterns
Shame and self-worth
Work-life integration, career issues, high achievers
Group therapy

Modalities
Psychodynamic therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
Relational therapy
Mindfulness

Experience and Education
Forbes Health Advisor 2023
Mental Health Counseling, Baruch College, City College of New York
Intern, Let’s Talk Psychological Wellness, P.C., NY
Intern, The Village Institute for Psychotherapy, NY
Intake Coordinator, Brooklyn Women’s Counseling Services, Brooklyn, NY
Intern, Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center, Albany, NY
Intern, Residential Program for Young Women, St. Anne’s Institute, Albany, NY
Group Therapy Intern, Capital District Psychiatric Hospital, Albany, NY
Certificate Program in Trauma Studies, Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, NY
NY License 011532; FL Registered Telehealth Provider TPMC2824

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Let's Talk Team

Meet Our Therapists

Nathilee Caldeira, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist | Founder and Director

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Dr. Caldeira founded Let’s Talk Psychological Wellness, P.C. (Talking for Wellness) to encourage healthy practices that focus on increasing confidence and finding and maintaining successful intimate relationships.

We are experts in reducing anxiety, worry, and panic. We have expertise in teaching you skills and tools to cope with depression and trauma memories. You can learn and create healthy drinking habits.

We can help you gain clarity, set new goals, achieve and maintain them. Our approach is strength-based and solution-focused. We bring a unique blend of helping you develop compassionate awareness while simultaneously teaching you specific, well researched skills, tools and coping strategies.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Anxiety and Panic
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Couples and Premarital Therapy
  • Life transitions
  • Grief and Loss
  • Alcohol and other Substance Misuse

Experience and Education:

  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University
  • Doctoral Internship, Columbia University
  • Co-authored articles in the areas of trauma and addiction
  • Grants: National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism
  • Psychology license NY 016933

Let's Talk About

Grief & Loss

Are risky behaviors taking a toll on your life?

Our therapy service offers a non-judgmental and confidential space where you can explore the underlying causes of self-destructive behavior, develop healthier coping mechanisms, and build a strong support system for lasting change.

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Our Easy Process

How it Works

We offer a fast turnaround time from when you request a consultation so you can start working with a therapist as quickly as possible. Let’s Talk’s team of diverse and compassionate therapists are ready to help you heal and live your most fulfilling life.

Click to Schedule an Appointment
Step 1

The first step is a 15-minute consultation with a therapist to assess whether we're a good fit. 

Step 2

Then we'll do a clinical assessment of your therapy needs in order to match you with the right therapist.

Step 3

We match you with a therapist that fit your needs and your preferences. We have a diverse team of therapists who serve people from all walks of life.

Step 4

Start therapy and start living a healthier, happier life!

Let's Talk About

Grief & Loss

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Losing a loved one can be one of life’s most difficult experiences, leaving you feeling lost, overwhelmed, and alone.

Do I need Grief Therapy?

Grief is a normal, healthy response to loss.

We feel hurt, sad, afraid, and lonely when we lose someone because of how much we cared about them. Everyone experiences grief in their own way – some will feel the pain of grief for a few days, some for a few months, and others will continue to grieve for years.

Sometimes the grieving process is delayed. The feelings of loss may not set in for a period of time, only to emerge once our caretaking responsibilities have ended.

In some cases, grief can happen around other types of loss. The loss of one’s health, loss of career or educational opportunity, loss of a role (e.g., being a parent), and so forth. We might grieve the life we once had and the future we looked forward to having.

No matter what brought about your grief, and no matter how long you’ve been struggling with the loss, therapy can help – especially if the grief process has become unhealthy or dysfunctional. Some common indicators of potentially unhealthy grief might include:

Our therapy service for grief and loss is designed to provide a safe and compassionate space where you can process your emotions, find meaning and purpose in your loss, and develop effective coping strategies to navigate your grief journey.

We’re here to support you every step of the way as you heal and begin to find hope and peace again.

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Our Easy Process

How it Works

We offer a fast turnaround time from when you request a consultation so you can start working with a therapist as quickly as possible. Let’s Talk’s team of diverse and compassionate therapists are ready to help you heal and live your most fulfilling life.

Click to Schedule an Appointment
Step 1

The first step is a 15-minute consultation with a therapist to assess whether we're a good fit. 

Step 2

Then we'll do a clinical assessment of your therapy needs in order to match you with the right therapist.

Step 3

We match you with a therapist that fit your needs and your preferences. We have a diverse team of therapists who serve people from all walks of life.

Step 4

Start therapy and start living a healthier, happier life!

Let's Talk About

Healing from Trauma

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Trauma can have a profound and lasting impact on a person’s life, making it difficult to function and thrive.

Trauma can come from anywhere, and not all causes of trauma affect everyone the same way.

Some of the most common causes include: Sexual assault, Physical assault, Childhood abuse (sexual, physical, emotional), Experiencing or witnessing domestic violence, Car accidents, Death of a loved one, Serious medical complications, Military combat, Surviving torture, Religious trauma and spiritual distress, or even witnessing one of these things happening to someone else.

Much like throwing a stone into still water, the initial shock sends ripples out that affect other parts of life. Posttraumatic stress affects your entire person, derails your ability to trust others, negatively affects your capacity to manage your emotions, and affects your capacity to function and be happy.   

Recovering from trauma is a unique and personal journey. Let’s Talk team of diverse and experienced therapists help individuals from all walks of life to heal from a variety of traumatic experiences, including those related to generational patterns, race, gender, sexuality, and more.

Let us guide you on your journey toward healing, resilience, and a brighter future.

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Our Easy Process

How it Works

We offer a fast turnaround time from when you request a consultation so you can start working with a therapist as quickly as possible. Let’s Talk’s team of diverse and compassionate therapists are ready to help you heal and live your most fulfilling life.

Click to Schedule an Appointment
Step 1

The first step is a 15-minute consultation with a therapist to assess whether we're a good fit. 

Step 2

Then we'll do a clinical assessment of your therapy needs in order to match you with the right therapist.

Step 3

We match you with a therapist that fit your needs and your preferences. We have a diverse team of therapists who serve people from all walks of life.

Step 4

Start therapy and start living a healthier, happier life!

Let's Talk About

Anxiety & Depression

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Living with anxiety can feel overwhelming, but you don't have to face it alone. Our anxiety therapy service provides personalized support and guidance to help you manage symptoms, build coping skills, and improve your overall well-being. We're here to listen, offer practical solutions, and help you find relief from the burden of anxiety.

Do I need therapy for anxiety?

Anxiety is a motivational emotional response to fear and stress, and some anxiety is actually quite helpful.  For example, you might feel anxious about being fired for showing up late for work, and so your anxiety motivates you to get there on time.  

However, many people struggle with unhelpful, unhealthy levels of anxiety, which can look like: Racing thoughts, Persistent and excessive worry, Worrying about everything, Difficulty controlling the worry, Restlessness , Fatigue, Difficulty focusing, Irritability, Muscle tension, Sleep issues, and Panic attacks.  

It doesn’t have to be that way.  Therapy for anxiety can help you confront your fears, cope in healthy ways, and enjoy a life of wellness. 

Contact us to get started.

Depression can take a heavy toll on your life, affecting your energy levels, relationships, and overall quality of life. Our depression therapy service is tailored to your unique needs, providing a compassionate and non-judgmental environment where you can explore your thoughts and feelings, develop effective coping mechanisms, and regain control of your life. Our experienced therapists are dedicated to helping you find the support and guidance you need to overcome depression and live a fulfilling life.

Do I need therapy for depression?

According to the CDC, depression is the leading cause of disability In the US for ages 15-44. So many people go undiagnosed, are unable to access treatment, and or try to numb out their symptoms with alcohol, food, or drugs.

People who live in big cities are particularly at risk due to the strain of living in such a big city – the fast pace, the high cost of living, the isolation, you name it. Despite being surrounded by millions of people, so many of us feel alone and isolated.

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Our Easy Process

How it Works

We offer a fast turnaround time from when you request a consultation so you can start working with a therapist as quickly as possible. Let’s Talk’s team of diverse and compassionate therapists are ready to help you heal and live your most fulfilling life.

Click to Schedule an Appointment
Step 1

The first step is a 15-minute consultation with a therapist to assess whether we're a good fit. 

Step 2

Then we'll do a clinical assessment of your therapy needs in order to match you with the right therapist.

Step 3

We match you with a therapist that fit your needs and your preferences. We have a diverse team of therapists who serve people from all walks of life.

Step 4

Start therapy and start living a healthier, happier life!

Let's Talk About

Anxiety & Depression

Click to Schedule an Appointment

Living with anxiety can feel overwhelming, but you don't have to face it alone. Our anxiety therapy service provides personalized support and guidance to help you manage symptoms, build coping skills, and improve your overall well-being. We're here to listen, offer practical solutions, and help you find relief from the burden of anxiety.

Do I need therapy for anxiety?

Anxiety is a motivational emotional response to fear and stress, and some anxiety is actually quite helpful.  For example, you might feel anxious about being fired for showing up late for work, and so your anxiety motivates you to get there on time.  

However, many people struggle with unhelpful, unhealthy levels of anxiety, which can look like: Racing thoughts, Persistent and excessive worry, Worrying about everything, Difficulty controlling the worry, Restlessness , Fatigue, Difficulty focusing, Irritability, Muscle tension, Sleep issues, and Panic attacks.  

It doesn’t have to be that way.  Therapy for anxiety can help you confront your fears, cope in healthy ways, and enjoy a life of wellness. 

Contact us to get started.

Depression can take a heavy toll on your life, affecting your energy levels, relationships, and overall quality of life. Our depression therapy service is tailored to your unique needs, providing a compassionate and non-judgmental environment where you can explore your thoughts and feelings, develop effective coping mechanisms, and regain control of your life. Our experienced therapists are dedicated to helping you find the support and guidance you need to overcome depression and live a fulfilling life.

Do I need therapy for depression?

According to the CDC, depression is the leading cause of disability In the US for ages 15-44. So many people go undiagnosed, are unable to access treatment, and or try to numb out their symptoms with alcohol, food, or drugs.

People who live in big cities are particularly at risk due to the strain of living in such a big city – the fast pace, the high cost of living, the isolation, you name it. Despite being surrounded by millions of people, so many of us feel alone and isolated.

Click to Schedule an Appointment

Our Easy Process

How it Works

We offer a fast turnaround time from when you request a consultation so you can start working with a therapist as quickly as possible. Let’s Talk’s team of diverse and compassionate therapists are ready to help you heal and live your most fulfilling life.

Click to Schedule an Appointment
Step 1

The first step is a 15-minute consultation with a therapist to assess whether we're a good fit. 

Step 2

Then we'll do a clinical assessment of your therapy needs in order to match you with the right therapist.

Step 3

We match you with a therapist that fit your needs and your preferences. We have a diverse team of therapists who serve people from all walks of life.

Step 4

Start therapy and start living a healthier, happier life!

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